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Extensive biographical information on each of America's presidents

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At Mr. Jefferson's university, a home for the presidency

The University of Virginia's Miller Center inspires America’s leaders with unbiased insights, especially on the presidency, that advance democratic institutions and the public good

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You can help the Miller Center's experts deliver the lessons of presidential history to today's leaders in Washington, D.C.

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First Year Project: Race in America

The First Year Project journeyed to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta for an expert panel on racial tensions

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Miller Center historian Russell Riley commented on President Trump's first address to Congress for Public Radio International


Barbara Perry, the Miller Center's director of presidential studies, quoted in Bloomberg Politics on Trump's address 


Barbara Perry and Marc Selverstone invite you to join them in Boston for a special program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth


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The First Year Project

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At a moment when political partisanship and rancor is most acute, the Miller Center is showing a better way: Republicans and Democrats pulling together to help the new president lead the most effective first year possible 


Since the landmark FDR administration, presidents have obsessed about their accomplishments in the first hundred days, but maybe they shouldn't, argues Rutgers historian David Greenberg


The president can no longer pretend we can meet the fiscal challenges we face without paying for them, contends budget expert Jared Bernstein

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Watch a First Year video overview of the national security challenges confronting the new president

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Secret White House Tapes


President Johnson called the Haggar clothing company to order some new pants, providing specific (and sometimes graphic) instructions on how they should be customized for him


14 months before Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ruminates on the growing crisis in the East

Nixon on phone

Upon hearing of William Rehnquist's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Nixon telephoned him from the Oval Office to offer some final advice

Kennedy crutches

President Kennedy suffered from poor health and pain throughout his life. In this telephone call, Kennedy asks the White House physician to "send up a little extra medication."


Critical insights for the nation's governance

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges.